- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - The Bakersfield police chief and a review board have cleared an officer of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a suspect who appeared to be wielding a rifle, but which turned out to be a tire jack for a car.

KBAK-TV reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1MFVSwT ) that Senior Officer Chad Garrett, a four-year veteran, will be returned to full duty.

Jason Lee Alderman was killed by police gunfire last month.

Police say Garrett and a partner found the front door to a Subway restaurant shattered and encountered Alderman standing behind the counter holding the jack and covering his face and head.

Garrett opened fire, striking the 29-year-old.

Attorneys hired by Alderman’s family called the officer’s use of force “unnecessary and unlawful.”


Information from: KBAK-TV, https://www.bakersfieldnow.com/

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